Thursday, December 18, 2008

Eleven Madison Park

I got a lot of writing done today! I would say that today has been one of my top three thesis writing days.

And Jen treated me to lunch at Eleven Madison Park as a birthday gift! What a day!

Her friend Brian, who suggested the restaurant, came with us. It was a really nice meal. I don't remember the last time I went to a traditionally nice restaurant with great service. I like it. And for lunch, it's a great deal. $28 for an appetizer and entree.

A cool perk at nice restaurants is that they have interesting gadgets. Here is a picture of a purse hook that they used for Jen's purse.

I have never even heard of these before, but they are so cool. This article says that purse hooks have been around since the 1920s.

Also, I like their silverware a lot.

The food was fantastic. I'd read a thing about the chef Daniel Humm in Art Culinare a few months ago so I filed him and the restaurant in the back of my head. I was looking forward to the meal. I ordered Poached Egg with Wild Mushrooms and Parmesan, and for my entree I got Boudin Blanc with Poached Seckel Pear and Black Trumpet Mushrooms.

The Poached egg dish was almost like a soup. The coolest thing about it was that they balanced a thin cracker on top of the egg so that when the dish was placed in front of me, the cracker wiggled on the plate. Clever. Anyway, it was ridiculously good. It somehow reminded me of New England clam chowder, but maybe it was just the heavy cream.

The Boudin Blanc was very good. Liked the sauce, liked the sausage. There was this weird quenelle of green something which was okay. Nobody's perfect. The pear was very red.

It was a fun meal. Hopefully I'll be back. While I was waiting for people to show up I read a little about their "cocktail program." Maybe we'll come here sometime for a drink.

Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave (on Madison Square Park)
New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-0905

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